One Month on the Road (almost)

It’s been almost a month since we left California and I haven’t updated our blog yet so here is a quick rundown of what we have been up to…

We went to YellowstoneYellowstone (the lamest park ever) National Park

Saw Old Faithful

Old Faithful

Spent some time in the Grand Teton national Park

Grand Teton National Park

Saw lots of buffalo all over Montana and Wyoming…..LOTS of buffaloBuffalo Everywhere

We saw this cave on the side of the road in Montana and decided to hike up to it.  It was harder than we thought it would be, but totally worth it. Cave

We saw Lincolns head on the side of the freeway and stopped to check it out.  Lincolns Head

This Bear was in the visitor center by Lincolns head Bears

I think the elevation in Glacier National Park got to Lacy.Glacier National Park

There was a fire near Challis, ID.  Fire near Challis, ID

There was lots of love at Farmageddon Fest in Clinton, Montana. Farmageddon Fest

We saw more buffalo National Bison Range

We slept in the clouds at Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park

We went on a tour of Celestial Seasoning and met Sleepytime Bear Celestial Seasonings

We went to the Rocky Mountain National ParkRocky Mountain National Park

We were Inyo National ForestInyo National Forest

We went to Craters of the Moon National Park and saw a lot of thisCraters of the Moon

We hiked in the Garden of the GodsGarden of the Gods

And we took a tour of Hammond’s Candy Factory and got free candyHammonds Candy

It’s harder than I thought to keep up with this blog while on the road, but I will try to be a little better at it and keep everyone updated!

Day Trip to Sequoia National Park

Sequoia National Park is pretty much right in our backyard.  We spent a lot of time last year exploring all that we could in both Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park but hadn’t had a chance to get back up there for quite some time.

For those of you that don’t know Sequoia and Kings Canyon lie side by side and are located in the Southern Sierra Nevada, east of the San Joaquin Valley.

Sunday we decided to take a day trip up to the Sequoia side of the park and explore around the Giant Forest.  There are still quite a few trails on that side that we have not explored and wanted to take advantage of the fact that there are less visitors in the winter months.  I really wanted to hike Crescent Meadow and check out Tharp Log.  The only problem was, we didn’t think the road to Crescent Meadow was open and the hike from the parking lot at the bottom of the hill was more of a hike than we wanted to do after a winter of not enough exercise.

We decided to drive that way anyway figuring that if the road was closed we could quickly pick another trail closer to the parking lot at the bottom of the mountain.  When we got to Moro Road, we lucked out.  Not only was it open up to Moro Rock but all the way up to Crescent Meadow!  The road also takes you by the Tunnel Log and the Auto Log, which are both worth checking out!   You can read all about all these attractions here.

The Crescent Meadow Trail is a loop that is about 1.5 miles long and a really easy hike.  Perfect for us after a lazy winter.  The signs to Tharp Log were a little deceiving at first and we thought it was an 8 mile hike when really it was .8 miles.  Lacy still wasn’t too sure about it.  It wouldn’t be the first time I told her it was a 5 mile hike and not told her that was only the distance there and not back!  I don’t think we would have survived a 16 mile hike this trip.  We are too out of shape and the snow on the ground made it a little bit more of an effort in some places.

As soon as we entered the park I stopped to take a picture of the view and realized I had left my memory card in my laptop at home.  I grabbed my point and shoot camera out of my purse and took that on the hike with us instead.  It was bitter sweet.  I didn’t have to pack my large camera on the hike, but the picture quality greatly suffered.

Crescent Meadow sign in the snow

Crescent Meadow sign in the snow

Crescent Meadow in the winter

Crescent Meadow in the winter

Tharp Log is a cool site to check out.  It is a log that was turned into a house by Hale Tharp, where he lived each summer while he raised his livestock in the meadow.  He lived there until the land was turned into a national park in 1890.  It’s amazing to be able to take a short hike and find such great history.  It does make me sad that people feel the need to scratch their names and initials into all the wood though.

Sign for Tharp Log

Sign for Tharp Log

Me at Tharp Log

Me at Tharp Log

The inside of Tharp Log

The inside of Tharp Log

Tharp Log

Tharp Log

Lacy was a mountain goat in a previous life

Lacy was a mountain goat in a previous life

Look how tiny I am!!

Look how tiny I am!!

The Chimney Tree is a burnt out Sequoia tree that you can climb inside.  I really wish I would have thought to take pictures from the inside of the tree.

Lacy inside Chimney Tree

Lacy inside Chimney Tree

Lacy in Chimney Tree

Lacy in Chimney Tree

Lacy inside Chimney Tree

Lacy inside Chimney Tree

Top of Chimney Tree

Top of Chimney Tree

Me & Lacy in front of Chimney Tree

Me & Lacy in front of Chimney Tree

The Buttress Tree fell without warning in 1959.  It was a clear day with no wind when it fell.

Lacy at the end of Buttress Tree

Lacy at the end of Buttress Tree

Me next to Buttress Tree

Me next to Buttress Tree

Lacy and her new friend she found in the Visitor Center at Lodgepole

Lacy and her new friend she found in the Visitor Center at Lodgepole

Lacy playing with puppets in the gift shop

Lacy playing with puppets in the gift shop